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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd; 1 edition (21 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846195853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846195853
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 681,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'If Peter Gøtzsche did not exist, there would be a need to invent him ... It may still take time for the limitations and harms of screening to be properly acknowledged and for women to be enabled to make adequately informed decisions. When this happens, it will be almost entirely due to the intellectual rigour and determination of Peter Gøtzsche.' --From the Foreword by Iona Heath, President, RCGP

If you care about breast cancer, and we all should, you must read this book. Breast cancer is complex and we cannot afford to rely on the popular media, or on information from marketing campaigns from those who are invested in screening. We need to question and to understand. The story that Peter tells matters very much.' --From the Foreword by Fran Visco, President, National Breast Cancer Coalition

If you care about breast cancer, and we all should, you must read this book. Breast cancer is complex and we cannot afford to rely on the popular media, or on information from marketing campaigns from those who are invested in screening. We need to question and to understand. The story that Peter tells matters very much.' --From the Foreword by Fran Visco, President, National Breast Cancer Coalition

If you care about breast cancer, and we all should, you must read this book. Breast cancer is complex and we cannot afford to rely on the popular media, or on information from marketing campaigns from those who are invested in screening. We need to question and to understand. The story that Peter tells matters very much.' --From the Foreword by Fran Visco, President, National Breast Cancer Coalition

'If Peter Gøtzsche did not exist, there would be a need to invent him ... It may still take time for the limitations and harms of screening to be properly acknowledged and for women to be enabled to make adequately informed decisions. When this happens, it will be almost entirely due to the intellectual rigour and determination of Peter Gøtzsche.' --From the Foreword by Iona Heath, President, RCGP

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Peter C Gøtzsche is Professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis, Director, The Nordic Cochrane Centre and Chief Physician, Rigshospitalet and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DLB on 8 April 2012
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I strongly recommend this book to everyone, not only those considering breast screening. It's very concerning that so many influences shape medical policy and that can mean misleading and harming people. There is an expectation that women in particular should just submit to screening, this book shows why women should demand the facts and make up their own minds...sadly, in most cases, we can't rely on our doctors for an unbiased overview of the risks and benefits of screening....there are too many things at play that do not have our interests at heart...politics, profits, misguided pressure and gender groups, defensive medicine. Thank heavens for people like Peter Gotzsche...the bottom line...be extremely cautious with cancer screening, make sure you find unbiased and balanced information and don't allow anyone to pressure or coerce you into testing...screening can harm us and we can say NO! It's a concern we spend millions on something that might represent harm for no or little benefit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen MacAllister on 6 Mar. 2014
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I was always sceptical of breast screening - why irradiate people just to find out a remote possibility of early cancer? I opted out of the programme personally as I did not wish to be subjected to unnecessary radiation and as an ex nurse felt that exposure to radiation should be avoided wherever possible so I was intrigued by this book. As a vegan, using diet and nutrition to avoid cancer seems to make more sense than risking contracting it by unnecessary radiation exposure.

The overall information is encouraging in as much as it is clearly demonstrated that screening can do more harm than good but there is quite a lot of "gripe factor" in the narrative but one supposes that campaigning against the grain of established thought will always generate controversy and thus criticism, much of which is documented in the book. If you ignore that it is well worth a read but there is less clinical information than I would have expected. It is really a book about statistical evidence but nevertheless a very useful source of information. It seems to be generally Scandinavian based - not surprising given the author's nationality!

I would recommend it if only to generate wider understanding of how dogma sets policy.
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A very important book, and I believe he's essentially right about the harms of breast screening vastly outweighing the benefits, but it could have been a more engaging read.
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By Amazon Customer on 1 Dec. 2013
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absolutely loved it. It was very very well researched from someone with status within the profession, well written and even some jokes :)
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By tigercat on 17 Feb. 2013
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Well, the fact that the only other review so far gives 5 stars and I give one illustrates the tensions around the issue of screening harms. A vital topic and I'd agree one that needs more discussion so that everyone can understand that screening, like most things in life, has pros and cons. It is indeed not always better to diagnose disease early, especially if that disease might never cause you serious harm. But- this book is a strange personal rant, with very specific complaints against named individuals, and repeats the author's well-known belief that his estimates of harm are 'the truth' and anyone who disagrees is biased, ignorant, deceitful and likely in the pay of 'the screening industry'. This is perilously close to a religion rather than a genuine contribution to scientific debate.
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